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SEC's New Conflict Minerals Rules: Current Status and Compliance Guidance 2014

Speaker(s): Amy L. Goodman, Beverly A. Wyckoff, Christopher T. McClure
Recorded on: Feb. 13, 2014
PLI Program #: 54986

Amy L. Goodman is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office, where she is co-chair of the firm's Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group and a member of the firm's Executive Compensation and Corporate Transactions groups.  She advises clients with respect to securities law disclosure and regulatory issues and corporate governance matters, including the representation of independent board committees. 

Ms. Goodman joined the firm in 1998 after serving as a free-lance editor and author of books and newsletters on securities and corporate law topics, including Editor-in-Chief of Insights:  The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor (ongoing), The Investment Lawyer, and The Corporate Governance Advisor, all published by Aspen Law & Business.  She previously was with the Securities and Exchange Commission for 11 years, holding several positions with the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, including Associate Director (EDGAR), Deputy Associate Director, Assistant Chief of the Office of Disclosure Policy, and Chief of the Task Force on Corporate Accountability.  She also served as Legal Assistant and Special Counsel to SEC Chairman Harold Williams and as an attorney in the SEC's Division of Investment Management.

In 1985, Ms. Goodman received the SEC's Distinguished Service Award, and, in 1986, she received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award.  She is listed in the 2005 Guide to the World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers.

Ms. Goodman received her Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from the Boston University Law School and an LL.M. with emphasis in securities law, from the Georgetown University Law Center.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Boston University.

Amy L. Goodman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of Massachusetts.  She is Chair of the Committee on Director and Officer Liability of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, and Chair of the Section's Shareholder and Investor Relations Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee.  Ms. Goodman is President-elect of the Board of Directors of The Association of SEC Alumni, Inc.  She is also a member of the Federal Regulation of the Securities Committee of the Business Law Section and the Securities Law Committee of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.  In addition, she is a member of the Board of Advisors of the SEC Historical Society.  She is editor of A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules, published by Wolters Kluwer and co-editor of Corporate Governance: Law and Practice, published by LexisNexis (2004) and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and other professional events.

Beverly advises Dover Corporation operating companies on regulatory compliance matters, including trade compliance, cyber security, conflict minerals and government contracting.  Over the last year, she has been busy with Dover’s response to the new U.S. trade policies, including Section 232 and 301 tariffs, and preparing for Brexit.  She also oversees implementation of sanctions compliance programs across Dover’s global operating companies, and works with the companies on implementation and maintenance of key trade controls initiatives, like “know your customer” due diligence.  She provides support on geographic expansion activities, including acquisition of companies and establishing entities in new markets. 

Before joining Dover, Beverly was at Axiom Law, supporting clients on compliance programs, conflict minerals, cybersecurity, and import / export and ITAR programs. She also previously served as Vice President, General Counsel of FirstGroup America and Laidlaw Transit, the largest private transportations companies in North America, and was with Zenith Electronics Corporation, including five years as Vice President and General Counsel. She helped Zenith navigate its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reestablish itself as a technology company through the development of an IP licensing program.  Prior to Zenith, Bev worked with a telecommunications start-up, and managed tax exempt financing with US and Japanese banks.

Bev is a graduate of Yale University and holds a law degree from the University of Miami (Florida) School of Law. She resides in Chicago with her husband and several bull terriers.   

Christopher McClure leads the Midwest Forensic Practice of Crowe Horwath LLP where he assists companies and their counsel in dealing with various regulatory issues and complex disputes and investigations. Chris leads the efforts of Crowe to assist clients with the new Conflict Minerals reporting requirements under Dodd-Frank and is a frequent speaker and author. He is a CPA, CFE, experienced testifier, and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Crowe, Christopher was with Navigant Consulting and Arthur Andersen in Chicago and Texas.